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Aug 27, 2009

Julia Child a spy?

Did you know...
Julia Child was not a natural born Frenchwoman?
The popular TV chef and author, Julia Child was born Julia McWilliams, on August 15, 1912, in Pasadena, California. The eldest of three children, Julia was educated at San Francisco's elite Katherine Branson School for Girls, where at a towering height of 6 feet, 2 inches—she was the tallest student in her class. In 1930, she enrolled at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Upon her graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked in the advertising department of the prestigious home furnishings company W&J Sloane.
In 1948 the Childs, Julia and husband Paul, moved to France. While there, Julia developed a penchant for French cuisine and attended the world-famous Cordon Bleu cooking school. Following her six-month training—which included private lessons with master chef Max Bugnard, Julia banded with fellow Cordon Bleu students Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle to form the cooking school L'Ecole de Trois Gourmandes (The School of the Three Gourmands). With a goal of adapting sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans, the trio collaborated on a two-volume cookbook titled Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). Published in the U.S., the 800-page book was considered a groundbreaking work and has since become a standard guide for the culinary community. Then living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Julia promoted her book on the Boston public broadcasting station. Displaying her trademark forthright manner and hearty humor, she prepared an omelet on air. She got rave reviews and "The French Chef" TV series on WGBH in 1962 was born, like "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", it succeeded in changing the way Americans related to food, while also establishing Julia as a local celebrity. Shortly thereafter, The French Chef was syndicated to 96 stations throughout America. For her efforts, Julia received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 1964 followed by an Emmy Award in 1966.

But French cooking was not her only trade...
Several years ago it was also revealed that Julia Child was a spy in a secret organization formed by President Franklin Roosevelt during the Second World War.
She also helped work on a project to develop a shark repellent, to stop sharks from exploding underwater mines. A chef and a spy, as well as a chemist, Julia Child not only taught us to cook she helped save thousand of lives.

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